Travel Special: Cycle through picturesque Konkan coast

With the idea to introduce a sense of adventure among the people of the state, Life Away from Life has organised a cycle tour across Maharashtra's gorgeous coast

Have you always wanted to cycle through a tough yet picturesque route? A one-of-a-kind excursion organised by Life Away from Life will let you explore the state's scenic coast on a cycle across three days and two nights. Participants will start from Mandwa Jetty in Konkan and cycle all the way to Harihareshwar in Raigad, over a distance of 150 kms.

The route offers a chance to soak in the sights of the Konkan coast
The route offers a chance to soak in the sights of the Konkan coast

Now, in its sixth year, this initiative was undertaken for more than one reason, "The idea was to induce adventure among people of Maharashtra, make people explore the beautiful coastline of the state and encourage cycling," says Prateek Deo, director of Life Away from Life. Mandwa Jetty can be reached from Gateway of India or Bhaucha Dhakka (Ferry Wharf) in ferries, provided by the organisers, that will also carry the cycles.

In case one does not have a cycle, it can be rented on the way at economical prices. Day one will begin at Mandwa and conclude at Kashid/Nandgaon after completing 50 kms.

The night will be spent at a home-stay in Murud-Janjira. Next, the cyclists will head to Shrivardhan after covering a distance of 64 kms, and reach Harihareshwar (20 kms from Shrivardhan) on the third day. The group will commence their return journey to Mandwa Jetty in an accompanied vehicle.

"The entire route is very picturesque as Maharashtra's coastline is beautiful,' says Deo, adding that the group will explore Kashid's beach and the Murud-Janjira fort among other places en route. While there is no upper limit in the age restriction, participants below 12 years of age are not allowed.

From: October 2 to October 5
Cost: Rs 5,900 (+ 3.5% service tax)
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>> Cycle at least for a week before the start of such trips
>> Stay on the left side of the road
>> Obey traffic signs and signals
>> Wear a helmet
>> Wear shoes and clothing conducive to cycling
>> Don’t disrupt the village life
>> Don’t make noise
>> Stay in a group at all times
>> Don’t disrespect pedestrians
>> Don’t allow you cycle’s chain to squeak

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